25 October 2016
Today the government has officially backed the building of a third runway at Heathrow Airport. This is despite the overwhelming evidence presented against this decision from scientists and, environmentalists and protests against it by people and small businesses in local communities.
The decision to move forward with a third runway will cause an unprecedented increase in air and noise pollution and will force a continued rise in levels of Co2 in the atmosphere.
London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert has said of the decision:
“This decision is clearly incompatible with Britain’s recent agreement to ratify the Paris agreement and will further contribute to air pollution for my constituents in London and beyond.”
Air pollution has been proven to have links to a range of illnesses and in particular has been responsible for respiratory illness in both children and adults. A report this year from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health estimated that outdoor air pollution is already responsible for 40,000 UK deaths each year and has links to cancer, asthma, heart disease, and neurological changes caused by dementia. As a result of the damage that air pollution causes, the Environmental Audit Committee 2010 report estimated that the cost each year to the NHS, could be up to £20 billion.
The decision to build a third runway at Heathrow will also have a devastating impact on the surrounding areas, resulting in hundreds of homes being demolished and hundreds of acres of greenbelt land being destroyed. The flight path currently has 725,000 people living below it; an increase in the amount of flights will force this number to be above an estimated 800,000 people.
The Kingston Green Party are calling on Kingston MP, James Berry, to campaign against this disastrous decision and to fight alongside local residents who are concerned about their health and the health of our planet.
Kingston Green Party meets once a month. The next meeting is at the Kingston Environment Centre on 25th January 2018 at 7.30pm